Thursday, January 8, 2009

Stalled on Memory Lane

Kyoto
16 x 20
acrylic collage
on paper

On any given day you could have found her lost in her memories with the aid of the scrapbook that my mother made for her. Although, there were only about 8 pages, it seemed to occupy what little was left of her aged mind. I believe that this kept her grounded in this life longer than she ever expected to be. She passed away just 2 weeks shy of her 100th birthday, outliving all her friends, siblings and even her husband. They were married 76 years. She was my grandmother, my Mimi.
These photos of her friends and family were not just flat images glued to the page, these people were still very much alive. It was then that I realized how important the preservation of memory can be.
Just recently, I have fallen victim of Facebook. I know, at first it seemed juvenile. It's so much fun reconnecting with long lost friends. Some of them weren't so lost, just tucked away.
On the other hand, I am a little concerned. I wonder if you spend too much time reliving the past, are you limiting your future? Instead, I'd like to think I am enhancing it. Right now my car has stalled on Memory Lane and I need a jump start into the here and now.

1 comment:

Kelly's Korner said...

Mary Beth, I haven't had time to comment on your last few posts, but I've enjoyed reading them and the paintings are beautiful! This last one is really lovely!